Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant

Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant is located in the rural district of Schweinfurt, which forms part of the Lower Franconia region of Bavaria. It was commissioned in 1981.

Following Germany’s decision to phase out of nuclear energy, Grafenrheinfeld was shut down in 2015. It has since been in post operation. The operator has applied for the permit to shut down and dismantle the power plant.

Grafenrheinfeld timeline


Start of construction work at Grafenrheinfeld.


Power plant reaches full output and is handed over to operator.


“World champion power plant” for the first time with 9.96 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity generated.


Grafenrheinfeld generates a total of 10 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and becomes “world champion power plant” for the second time.


Start of construction of disposal building.


Spring: completion of disposal building, installation of pressure relief system (Wallmann valve).


Start of work to build the storage facility for spent fuel elements.


Commissioning of the storage facility for spent fuel elements.


Grafenrheinfeld has generated a total of 300 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.


Successful commercial operation ends after 33 years.

Did you know?

Until it was shut down, the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plant generated a total of 333 billion kW/h of electricity which is enough to supply almost the whole of Bavaria with electricity constantly for four years. 


Operator: PreussenElektra GmbH

Owner: E.ON Kernkraft (100%)

Employees: 244

Reactor type: Pressurized water reactor

Net capacity: 1,275 MW

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